Super Nintendo

The Super Nintendo or SNES as it is widely known, was Nintendo Corporation's 16 bit equivalent to the Sega Megadrive, and was the successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Released in Japan on November 21, 1990 and called the Super Famicom (short for Super Family Computer) it quickly established itself as Sega's main rival.

In Autumn 1991, the Super Nintendo hit the American shops. With a different design to the Super Famicom (although the internal architecture was identical), and a different cartridge shape to combat importing of US games overseas, the American model matched the success of the Super Famicom in Japan.

Finally, after almost two years of waiting, the Europeans got to see what all the fuss was about and they weren't disappointed! Sporting the same case as the Super Famicom, but running at a slower clock speed of 50Hz because many TV sets did not have the capability to run at 60Hz, the initial release of the Super Nintendo came bundled with two controllers and Super Mario World. Early game releases included the excellent F-Zero, and an arcade conversion of Super R-Type.

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Over the next few years, the Super Nintendo produced some of the best known video games of all time. Mario made his obligatory appearance in many games (the best of the bunch being Super Mario Kart), and Donkey Kong made a welcome return in the hugely successful Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Other notable successes were Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, Street Fighter 2 Turbo and RPG classics such as Zelda and Secret of Mana.

As the competition between Sega and Nintendo went on, and the games got better and better, so did the technology. Many of the later games released contained additional hardware to create advanced effects, compress data and process instructions quicker. The two most widely used were the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) chip which was used in games such Pilotwings and Super Mario Kart to create 3D effects by scaling and rotating backgrounds, and the SuperFX chip used in Starwing which creates 3D landscapes through polygons and texture mapping (something we are all used to now, but was revolutionary at the time!).

The Super Nintendo was succeeded by the Nintendo 64 in 1997, and was taken off the shelves in 1998. This was due to the phenomenal success of the Playstation. The Playstation had originally been developed by Sony and Nintendo together as a CD add-on for the SNES, but they scrapped the idea. Sony took the technology they had been working on and created the Playstation. The rest is history.

Many people regard the Super Nintendo as the best video game system made, and few could argue the effect it has had on recent game developments. The Nintendo / Sega war that raged in the nineties was the same as the Commodore / Spectrum war of the eighties, and however you feel about the console it will always remain one of the most significant piece's of video gaming history.

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Skuljagger

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There's never been a game like this before. Skuljagger combines a high-powered action game with a clue filled story to create the 16-bit experience ever! Get ready for the eye-popping graphics and innovative gameplay of 21 main maps and over 50 hidden maps. It's all-out war as you'll fight savage Kiltish troops, battle wild Westican bladebacks, explore the ancient lost city of Urnum and bring the merciless Captain Skuljagger to his knees.

Smart Ball

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SmartBall is one of the most devilish little characters you'll ever meet. He clings, jumps and bounces his way through life, from the slippery tropics to a dangerous urban battlezone. You'll guide SmartBall through eight dizzying worlds as he takes on everything from flaming firebirds to hidden sandworms.

Lost Vikings

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It's just another cool day of Nordic seafaring and pillaging when Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce and Olaf the Stout are suddenly sucked into an alien spaceship. And only you can help them find their way home. But each mysterious door you help them through throws them into different eras in time - and smack into new enemies! Will Baleog conquer Elmo the Dinosaur in Prehistoria? Will Olaf shield himself from the berserker mummies in the Great Pyramids of Egypt? And can Erik outrun the maniacal ripsaw in the Great Factory? Hurry!

Road Runners Death Valley Rally

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And they're off. In the most hilarious action adventure of the century starring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Looney Tunes Road Runner features twenty levels of cartoon-like graphics and hilarious game action that will leave you wanting more.

Desert Strike

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With a fiery blast from your Hydra Rockets you must annihilate a ruthless tyrant's military arsenal. Strafe his airfields and rip into his tank armies as you challenge the Madman's forces in a series of devastating strikes. 27 dangerous missions stand between you and the ultimate showdown!

Troy Aikman NFL Football

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Play or coach any of 28 different NFL teams and lead them to victory through a real or customised season. Superlative playability and an unrivalled strategy element, featuring set pieces from Troy Aikmans very own play books as well as plays you design yourself.

Wing Commander

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Intense, cinematic action, with one big difference... you're in command! The fate of humanity is in your hands as you lead the Tiger's Claw squadron against the forces of the Kilrathi empire. Your skills, your experience and your wingman are your only allies.

Hook

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Based on the blockbuster Spielberg epic, Hook combines non-stop action with critically -acclaimed gameplay and great sound and graphics. You play the grown up Peter Pan returning to Neverland to rescue his kidnapped kids. The journey is filled with fights, magic and incredible flying scenes, and ends up with a heart-stopping confrontation with the fiendish Captain Hook.

Super Nintendo Fire Game Converter Boxed

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This item is an import adapter and allows you to play imported games. Simply slot your import game in the front, and slot a non-import game at the back and you're away! Some games have an additional protection which stops this item working, but this will convert the majority of games The item comes boxed and has been fully tested.

Time Trax

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This game takes you into TV's most exciting new action adventure drama... Time Trax. As Captain Darien Lambert, Fugitive Retrieval Officer, you'll travel back to today

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